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    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      How did you come up to think that's was the source of shuttering/vibration? It could be the engine or transmission mounts are broken, if the differential has a problem it will produce an increasing noise as the vehicle speed increases also.
  • paul
    paul - 1999 Mercury Cougar - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/16/2011
    The c|v axle keeps popping out of transmission
    • yboy82
      1/16/2011 yboy82
      It is possible that your bolt that secures your CV axle is loose/out of torque that's if you have a manual transmission but if your transmission is an automatic try to check the condition of your spindle nut.

  • pinman
    pinman - 1994 Mercury Capri - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/12/2011
    Does not go in high gear
    • yboy82
      1/12/2011 yboy82
      Did you already check your clutch components and its transmission shift cable? If you already did that, then the fault might be internal.
  • lonnakay26
    lonnakay26 - 1988 Mercury Grand Marquis - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/11/2011
    My transmission shifts fine in the lower gears but wont go into overdrive.
    There are no leaks, the fluid is clean and level is good and no burnt smell to it, but it wont shift after 45 mph.
      It is in "limp home mode" where there is a malfunction in the transmission or with a transmission controller and the transmission
      First before we go any further check your tranny fluid to make sure it is full, check while running and warm, if low top it off and do not overfill
      1/11/2011 lonnakay26
      Fluid levels are good. That was the first thing I checked. I need blonde proof answers, I am a mom who only has very limited repairs under her belt, never anything as big as a tranny before.
  • Phil
    Phil - 2002 Mercury Sable - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/6/2011
    My car suddenly will not go into any gear...forward or reverse... no noises, no grinding, no other problems.
    I was driving my car this morning to take my daughter to school and I drove to the end of the driveway, when I accelerated to make a turn onto the street, the engine raced as if in neutral and the car didn't move. It just drifted back ward. There was no sudden ...
    • johnt
      1/6/2011 johnt
      Should check your linkages.It might have come loose
    • James Vaughn
      1/6/2011 James Vaughn
      first thing i would do is check my transmission fluid level. you could have simply a leak that has gotten your fluid level low and won't allow your trans to operate correctly or at all other than park. check while engine is warm and in park to see if your fluid level is up to the hashmarks on your trans dipstick
  • forrest
    forrest - 1995 Mercury Cougar - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/1/2011
    REAR AXLE. what would cause a slight in and out movement of the drivers side rear axle.
    the axle moves in and out when car is off the ground. it doesnt make any strange noises when the car is being driven and the hub doesnt get any hotter than normal, can any one tell me if they have had this problem and what the cause was, Thanks
    • david
      1/1/2011 david
      tighten axle nut ck wheel bearing on wheel
      i never been inside a ford rear end but if its like Chevy they do have a slight movement in and out if the cotter pin is still in the axle DO NOT TIGHTEN if you do you could ruin the wheel bearings having to much pressure on them long as you don't hear any whining sounds from the rear end you are fine i been racing for over 10 year and have replace alot of rear ends and axles ,wheel bearings......have a happy 2011
    • red
      1/1/2011 red
      I am not sure on the 95, but if its a solid axle there is suppose to be some play back and forth on the axles in and out.. its just a typical ford rear end... If its an independent it could be in the unitized wheel bearings, they could be worn, but there is also a slight bit of play.. If its not growling, groaning or making any noises, dont mess with it..
    • sean
      1/1/2011 sean
      ford 8.8 & 9inch axles have a c-clip on each side of the diff. that hold the axle in. take diff. cover off & use a magnet to remove clip. check for ware on clip or axle shaft. (you have to push in on axle to remove clip.)
  • Wes
    Wes - 2001 Mercury Mountaineer - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/1/2011
    I heard a load popping sound like metal on metal while driving
    driving 45 miles per hour. no problems then all of a sudden i heard a sound like metal hitting metal in the front left area. i backed up fine then when going forward i heard the sound again and then parked it. car has 149,000 miles on it. new brakes, calipers, ...
    • david
      1/1/2011 david
      have ball joints checked is pop when turn or just going down the road
  • Downey
    Downey - 1999 Mercury Cougar - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/29/2010
    Turns car on, car shakes and has hard time trying to idle. Once driving car is ok, but sometimes studders.
    Once trying to brake, brakes tighten up and hard to brake. Now auto transaxle light goes on sometimes.
    • david
      12/29/2010 david
      is it skipping put on computer see what it sayes it will tell wath is wrong with trans
    • Mike
      12/29/2010 Mike
      Check for vacuum leaks (especially at the brake booster). Is there a check engine light on?
      12/29/2010 Downey
      they said it might be a vaccum leak. But no check engine light. also why would the transaxle light turn on?
  • Bill V.
    Bill V. - 2005 Mercury Montego - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/28/2010
    Should I have to let up on the accelerator to shift into road speed?
    70000 miles, transmission fluid and filter never changed....full per trans. checking stick, and clean. In the recent past, the transmission would shift into road speed at around 2100 has gotten to where it shifts into road speed at around 3000 rpm even ...
    • Bill
      12/28/2010 Bill
      Pretty common on the milage shown especially if no transmission maint has been done in which at this mileage it could be a little chancy to all of a sudden change fluid and filter, although I think I would personally do it and then drive it very kindly for at least 50 miles. Build-up on bands and internal parts are probably helping right now to shift. A transmission also won't up shift very well anyway with old additive starved fluid especially when below operating temperature. Pressure could be low to torque converter because of plugged filter. Not sure if this helped answer any of your question, but, good luck and Happy New Year
      12/28/2010 Bill V.
      Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it. Will evaluate some more before changing fluid and filter. Your input reinforced my thoughts about fluid and filter. Thanks again...and Happy New Year. Bill V
  • nicd
    nicd - 2005 Mercury Sable - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/27/2010
    What would need fixed if when I step on the gas, the engine revs but the car does not move?
    • jlofwash
      12/27/2010 jlofwash
      need to check your auto transmission level, sounds like it might be too low
  • azonie51
    azonie51 - 1994 Mercury Sable - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/26/2010
    Replacement of broken shift cable to auto tranny
  • azonie51
    azonie51 - 1994 Mercury Sable - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/23/2010
    Need advice on replace auto tranny shift cable on 94 Sable-my Chilton's is on holiday w/mechanic!
    • david
      12/23/2010 david
      find were cable goes in dash find it on inside of dash
  • bpollock
    bpollock - 1998 Mercury Tracer - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/23/2010
    Since the speedo is out of the car can i judge my speed based on the RPM?
    it feels as if the tranny is not shifting into last gear but it shifts so smooth u can't feel it, what should my RPM run at while at cruising speed in last gear?
  • hljjohn
    hljjohn - 2007 Mercury Mariner - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/22/2010
    Does anyone know why when I start my mariner and shift into R or D it will go a few feet then disengages?
    I have a 2007 Mercury Mariner with 102xxxmi.. When I cold start it, it will go in D or R for a few feet and then it disengages and won't go. I can shift through all of the gears and get nothing. No codes are coming up on the OBD. The fluid is full and I don't see ...
    • TechSam
      12/22/2010 TechSam
      Sounds like the transmission is slipping, you might have to get it towed to a tranny shop and have it checked out.
  • JeepGRL
    JeepGRL - 1998 Mercury Sable - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/17/2010
    Why does my car shut off when I shift out of park?
    it starts up fine, but shift into Neutral, Reverse, or Drive, and she dies!